|High School Ice Hockey:
Williamstown Rallies to Tie Paul VI
Friday, November 22, 2002
By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer
Tom Sheridan's power play goal in the third period lifted Williamstown into a 5-5 tie with Paul VI in an entertaining Tier 2 game. Williamstown was down three goals twice, but led by Sheridan with two goals and an assist managed to salvage a tie with unbeaten Paul VI. After Dan Chambers' wrap around attempt was thwarted by goalie Mike Rodano, Peter Antinore gave Paul VI a 1-0 lead scoring on the power play as he converted a rebound. Rodano played solid at the net despite giving up five goals. Moments later after Williamstown over skated the puck in their own end, Mike DiGennaro jumped on the loose puck and his quick wrist shot made it 2-0. Williamstown responded 11 seconds later as Sheridan dug the puck out from the corner and fired a cross-ice pass to Ryan Carrigan who banged home the pass to cut the lead to 2-1.
It looked like that was how the period would end but Brett Balco, with Paul VI on the power play, skated across the blue line and his slap shot found the back of the net with 8 seconds remaining in the period to make it 3-1. The games highlight goal came 5 minutes into the second period as Paul VI's Rich Ferro and Dan Chambers broke in a 2-on-1. With Chambers almost losing his balance, he spun around and hit Ferro who fed the puck right back and Chambers flicked the puck just under the crossbar to make it 4-1. But Williamstown would respond with three goals in a span of 4 minutes.
First Greg Timeranko scored in close to make it 4-2. After Antinore's second goal made it 5-2, Williamstown cashed in on the power play as Kash Berthelot's shot through a screen found the back of the net and it was 5-3. Ten seconds later, Sheridan broke in and his slap shot brought Williamstown to within 5-4 heading into the final period. With Paul VI down two men, Sheridan tied the score at 5-5 putting home a rebound off a shot by Randy Akin. Late in the game, Paul VI had a two-man-advantage for almost the full 2 minutes but Rodano made some key saves to preserve the tie.